Average Bench: 104% (5th of 1314)

Based on 1,459 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000A0671 Model: 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600K @ 3.90GHz

The i5-11600K is the best value "top tier" CPU in Intel’s 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S lineup. With a simple overclock it offers almost the same levels of performance as the 11900K. Rocket Lake brings higher IPC (early samples indicate +19%) which translates to around a 10% faster Effective Speed than both Intel's 10th Gen and AMD’s 5000 series. Despite Intel’s performance lead, AMD continues to outsell Intel. Given the scale of Intel's operation, it’s inexplicable that their marketing remains so neglected. Little effort is made to counter widespread disinformation such as: “it uses too much electricity” or the classic: “it needs more cores”. Intel’s marketing samples are routinely distributed to reviewers that appear better incentivized to bury Intel's products rather than review them. Not enabling XMP or only testing with BIOS power limits enabled is akin to leaving the handbrake on during a race. Mind-numbing “scientific” and rendering benchmarks are presented as gospel. Different games, mostly unplayed by real users, are cherry picked for each “review”. When it's convenient, canned game benchmarks are chosen such as Ulletical’s CSGO which runs at nearly double the in-game fps. Credible benchmark data, which necessarily includes replicable video footage from popular games, is the exception rather than the rule. At every release, AMD’s marketers coordinate narratives to ensure another feast of blue blubber. Nonetheless, towards the end of 2021, Intel’s Golden Cove is due to offer an additional 20-30% performance increase. At that time, with a net 30-40% performance lead, Intel will probably regain significant market share despite AMD's class-leading marketing. In the meantime, most PC gamers need look no further than the 11400F. [Mar '21 CPUPro]

Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i5-11600K averaged 4.3% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-11600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 177Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 348Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-11600K is just 19.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-11600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,262Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 87Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,459 samples)
Min Avg Max
75.5 Memory 87 94.8
159 1-Core 177 188
306 2-Core 348 372
112% 204 Pts
Min Avg Max
562 4-Core 652 721
926 8-Core 1,038 1,134
108% 845 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,121 64-Core 1,262 1,350
84.7% 1,262 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.2
1-Core 186
2-Core 368
119% 216 Pts
4-Core 688
8-Core 1,042
111% 865 Pts
64-Core 1,261
85% 1,261 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.7
1-Core 178
2-Core 352
114% 207 Pts
4-Core 685
8-Core 1,056
111% 870 Pts
64-Core 1,289
86% 1,289 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.6
1-Core 182
2-Core 363
116% 212 Pts
4-Core 677
8-Core 1,093
112% 885 Pts
64-Core 1,281
86% 1,281 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 77.4
1-Core 173
2-Core 327
105% 193 Pts
4-Core 631
8-Core 1,016
105% 824 Pts
64-Core 1274
86% 1274 Pts
LGA1200, 1 CPU, 6 cores, 12 threads
Base clock 3.9 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 73
1-Core 175
2-Core 342
106% 197 Pts
4-Core 623
8-Core 1,010
104% 816 Pts
64-Core 1,253
84% 1,253 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 43,088,753 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $262 @ launch in Mar '21
AmazonUS $25510 days
EbayUS $27012 mins
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Desktop 109%
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Workstation 149%
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Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $955

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11th generation Rocket Lake processor...

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best budget cpu ever


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